UPDATE (April 5, 2018): Thanks to your generosity, all volunteer shifts have been filled! We are so grateful for your continued support! 

Join Junior League of Oklahoma City, ZOOfriends and the OKC Zoo as they embark on an expansion and renovation of the Jungle Gym at the Zoo, April 12 – 15, 2018.

Volunteers and material support are needed to help update and refresh the playground, as well expand its footprint to add a few new features and components. Families, friends, neighbors, coworkers, civic organizations and other groups are invited to participate.

Can’t volunteer but want to pitch in? You can help by selecting items from this Amazon Wish List to support the Jungle Gym volunteers on-site with much-needed materials and refreshments.

Also needed are 5 to 6 construction captains who can be on-site for the entire build, scheduled from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. from Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15. In addition, we have a setup day Wednesday, April 11 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. when crews will be setting up tools, tents and staging the area. Skilled help is requested for this date as well.

 To provide material support from items on the project's Amazon Wish List, click here. For additional information, email JungleGym@jloc.org .

NOTE: The Jungle Gym will be closed to guests Wednesday, April 11 through Wednesday, April 18

About the OKC Zoo Jungle Gym

In 2004, through a grassroots effort, the Junior League of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Zoological Society, the Oklahoma City Zoo and community philanthropist Christian Keesee joined forces to provide a 30,000 square foot state-of-the-art playground for the children of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and all those who annually visit the Zoo.

This $1.35 million playground project was made possible through the efforts of over 5,000 volunteers and with the support of more than 100 businesses providing donations of food, tools, manpower and building materials. With the guidance of New York based architecture firm, Leathers and Associates, Inc. and their expertise in developing unique, one-of-a-kind community-built playgrounds, our vision became a reality. After more than a year of planning, the project was built by volunteers in just two weeks.

Through Oklahoma City’s first community-built project, families, businesses, civic organizations and individuals who participated in the build have already touched thousands of children who have come and enjoyed the playground. The Jungle Gym will not only teach children the value of creative play, but it will also be a civics lesson about a community coming together and achieving goals. The art and hands-on experiences within the Jungle Gym give children with diverse backgrounds a chance to participate in the ultimate playground experience.

The Jungle Gym experience will leave a lasting impression on all who participated in the build. It is not every day that people of all ages, from all walks of life, and with all types of talent come together to create something that everyone can enjoy. The sense of ownership and pride will continue as people visit and show others what they did to help build this playground. It took a village to make this dream a reality, and it will be a constant reminder to the citizens of Oklahoma City that the Junior League of Oklahoma City remains a vital asset to the community.

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